Jennifer Catron & Paul Outlaw: Enusvay of Binouray

Who can take the word 'animal charisma', transform the archetypal female allure and turn it into something beastly better than Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw?  In this contemporary photograph (archival inkjet print), a nude female is seen reclining on a luxurious daybed.  Look closely and you,ll see tufts of hair sprouting from her body, her feet and hands dirtied with grime.  She looks like this sensual half-beast creature from your favorite fantasy flick, her animal nose, tail and ears completing that picture of a female Pan come to life.  There seems nothing (but yet something primal-ly) alluring in this photo, except for that intriguing smile and seductive pose.

Lust personified?  My first impression, knowing that these specific artists love mixing historical and biblical stories in their works, is that this contemporary artwork represents one of the seven deadly sins: Lust.  No matter how dirty the model appears, there,s just that bewitching look that silently tempts those who will succumb to it.  It,s like beauty and the beast merging as one person, a metaphor for the beauty and potential ugliness (depending who you are) of sexual orgies and raw dangerous passion.  If I were to compare this work, I,d say the closest similarity would be that of Madonna, painted by Scottish artist Peter Howson.

It would have been almost staid, but Jennifer and Paul have added a touch of comedy where they,re shown pillaging for trash in the background.  A king and queen in a dumpster?  The irony of it all makes a nice treat for the recent Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair.

The Genius Behind the Obra:

Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw both took their Masters in Fine Arts from Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Jennifer Catron earned her Bachelor,s in Fine Arts from the Southeast Missouri State University and Paul Outlaw earned his Bachelor,s in Fine Arts from the University of Alabama.  The duo has been working for two years, combining art with food and live performances.  Their recent "Jen n Outlaw's Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil" has been featured by Art Fag City, The New York Times, Time Out New York and Grub Street.  They are currently represented by Allegra LaViola Gallery.